phaleslu (5210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the brewery. Actually chose the 2012 over 2011 even though the newer one was $2 more- the brewer said it was better and priced likewise. Pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a moderate eggshell white head. Aroma of bourbon hits immediately, with vanilla, oak, dried fruits, butterscotch, toffee, and almonds. Flavor of raisins, caramel, vanilla, dried tropical fruits, almonds, rye, and oak. Medium-bodied, with a chewy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Complex, tasty and excellent.
vtafro (2174) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown dead pour that looks a touch thin, lost abbey carbonation? Bourbon and oak dominate aroma. Flavor is much nicer than expected, bourbon oak, some maple and sweet malt tones. Beer is thin entire leaving something to be desired. Alcohol is relatively hidden.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a super hazy amber-brown with only a few bubbles around the edges. The bubbles disappear quickly leaving behind no lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of Bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet caramel malts, caramelized and residual sugars, some grapefruit and citrus hops and some booze.
T - Starts off with some sweet toffee malts with some brown and maple sugars, dark fruit, grapefruit hops, and some vanilla. Through the middle, the bourbon and oak come through with some floral hop notes, a hint of hop bitterness, some honey, and some more residual sugars. The finish is a mix of caramel malts, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, honey, some citrus hops, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with very mild carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. The lack of carbonation hurts it a bit, but the barrel flavor blends so nicely with the base beer that it is still very enjoyable.
Ibrew2or3 (6226) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to BOLTZ7555 for sharing this tasty world class brew. It pours with a hazy murky copper body (gorgeous) that has some gold edges and supports a tiny white-ish head of foam. The aroma offers up musty muted pine, sticky smelling malts and then smooth barrel notes. The taste has smooth yummy sweet bourbon nicely nuanced by some pine hops and smooth rich sweet malts. This is rich smooth balanced and delicious. It lingers with smooth sweet bourbon and pine hoppiness that you really never want to go away. Wow, what a treat.
smith4498 (2794) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a trade with 5000. 2011 vintage. Pours clear dark amber color and no head at all, totally flat. Aromas of caramel and molasses with bourbon, vanilla and oak. Very sweet molasses and vanilla flavors with a hefty dose of bourbon and hints of vanilla and oak. Full body with no carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. A really nice sipper, glad to have tried it. Thanks Andre.
harrisoni (12089) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bourbon barrel just why its just all bourbon and virtually nothing else. Not my thing at all. hoped for more.
Boutip (4307) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with almost no head and no lacing – pretty much flat. Aroma of Kentucky bourbon with some vanilla is pretty powerful with distinct alcohol ester and loads of brown sugar notes. Taste is an unbalanced mix between strong notes of bourbon with some loads of brown sugar notes and some light vanilla. Body is full with almost no carbonation and loads of alcohol ester is discernable. Too boozy and too sweet for my taste – probably the type of beer that could be split four ways for a 12oz bottle.
Aml42000 (616) - Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The nose shows nutty aromatics and plenty of whiskey barrel. Opaque amber with a sticky off white head. This shows heavy amounts of bourbon along with pit fruit, brown sugar and dark red fruit. Warming long finish.
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark copper color with an off white head. Aroma is filled with raisins, one of the most raisin forward beers I have ever smelled, lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, honey, butterscotch, caramel, lots of toffee and brown sugar. Flavor follows the nose lots of raisins, bourbon soaked raisins, oak, vanilla, honey, caramel and toffee, butterscotch and brown sugar. The body is medium and with only a tiny amount of carbonation. Overall a really interesting brew!
BOLTZ7555 (2603) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn, this is an ugly beer...good thing I’m drinking it and not asking it to marry me. Putrid dirty diaper pour. Prune, muddy brown, slight hint of garnet and a whispy eggshell head. But then it got good. Nose of rich bourbon, barrel, vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel. Sugary sweet nut not cloyingly so. Smart to have this in 12oz bottles. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, dark fruit, and candied yams. Boozy but delicious.